Republicans Rush to DeSantis’ Defense After Trump Attacks

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( – Republican Senators following former President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks towards Florida governor Ron DeSantis have rushed to defend the governor.

Trump, who has already launched his 2024 presidential campaign, is currently seeking out the support of Senate Republicans. Still, his ongoing feud with DeSantis, who is suspected to be preparing to launch his own presidential campaign, has led to a divide within the Senate Republican Conference.

Trump’s reputation has really suffered among Republican senators due to the underwhelming results of the 2022 midterm election when many Trump-backed candidates failed to win in competitive races. Republican senators have also pointed out that the choice of whether or not he wants to run is completely up to DeSantis and that he should not consider Trump’s claims that it would be a “great act of disloyalty.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has said that DeSantis managed to have a really impressive reelection run, and so far it appears that he is performing well in the polls as well. He has further added that it was time for “some new blood,” and that DeSantis would “probably qualify.”

Cornyn also held back a laugh when he was asked about whether or not DeSantis running would indeed be an act of disloyalty, saying that he did not believe it would be.

Republican senators have stated out that Trump’s 2018 endorsement is not enough of a reason to stop DeSantis from placing a bid for the White House.

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) also pointed out that there are many possible presidential Republican candidates who might have in the past been endorsed by Trump, but that does not make them disloyal if they place a bid on the White House.

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